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|GR: to die for love...?
Written by Barbara
(9/18/2003 2:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Excellent notion!, penned by Delories
] I knew exactly how she would appear to those who saw her last in this world."
] he now wants to kick the dose up another notch by watching his "beloved" Marianne die!
It's a sickening thought, but I agree that there is more than a hint of this going on.
One of Willoughby's favourite pastimes is hunting. Throughout the story, we have mention of him hunting, his horses and dogs, Sir John's high opinion of him in this regard, his hunting jacket, etc.
My impression of this was that Marianne's death, the death of a beautiful girl whose sweet white face he could picture, and who had died for love of him, would almost have been like a 'trophy' (ugh!) to him in a way. He could not have her himself, but there was glory in the idea that he was her one and only great love, and no one else would have her either!
Further evidence that he thinks this way, IMO, are the fact that he was carrying around her letters and her lock of hair even after he was engaged to Sophia. And, even moreso, his parting comments to Elinor that he now lives in dread of Marianne's marriage, for--although she is lost to him, she will be gained by someone else.
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